Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC3085: Health, Illness and Bodies in Contemporary Society Part 1: Medicine and Social Control
This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.
This module ‘Medicine and Social Control’ aims to unpack and critically analyse current academic theories on health, illness and medicine, taking an inter-disciplinary approach including medical sociology, medical anthropology and health psychology. It asks how and why 'health' has become a key social value and form of social control within contemporary Western society. It considers whether our lives have become ‘medicalized’, or taken over by medical professionals and solutions. It examines why health inequalities in class and gender persist. It also considers how and why medicine has become the ultimate ‘profession’, and how medical power is being challenged by new social forces. It also pays attention to the lived experience of being ill and how living a ‘healthy lifestyle’ has become a moral marker of goodness. It also considers how theories of health and illness drive health policy-making in the political and health-care systems.
|On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:|
|Module-Specific Skills||1. demonstrate knowledge of, analyse and engage critically with, a range of theories, models and policies in relation to contemporary accounts of health, illness and medicine;|
2. relate these perspectives accurately and critically to empirical studies and findings from interdisciplinary sources;
|Discipline-Specific Skills||3. demonstrate in writing and orally competence in using major theoretical perspectives and concepts in sociology and anthropology and their application to social life ;|
4. demonstrate in writing and orally an ability to analyse empirical materials from sociology/anthropology and critically engage with materials involving complex reasoning;
|Personal and Key Skills||5. develop an ability to engage in complex arguments verbally and in small groups;|
6. demonstrate in writing an ability to analyse, critically engage with, and report accurately on existing written material whilst articulating it within a structured and cogent argument;
7. demonstrate an appreciation of the interpersonal skills (e.g. empathy, ethical thinking) required to analyse and produce high quality research within the arena of health and illness
8. demonstrate the ability to work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task.